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early this year when the u.s. decided to sell arms to taiwan. the u.s. defense department says the agreement was made at a meeting in beijing on wednesday, with deputy assistant secretary michael schiffer and chinese officials. the two countries agreed to expand dialogue and deepen military cooperation. they'll hold working-level talks in hawaii in mid october. a vice ministerial meeting -- or vice ministerial-level meeting is scheduled later this year in washington. the two sides had recently started to improve bilateral relations. u.s. president barack obama met chinese premier wen jiabao in new york last week. they confirmed the need to deepen economic and security ties. >>> a former deputy secretary-general of the main governing democratic party is now in china in a bid to repair the frayed ties between japan and china. relations soured after japanese authorities detained the captain of a chinese fishing boat that had collided with japan coast guard patrol ships earlier this month. the incident occurred near japan's senkaku islands, which are also claimed by chinese, or chi
>>> this is "newsline." glad you to join us. it's friday, september 10th, 11:00 a.m. i'm catherine kobayashi. here are your updates. >>> nhk learned prime minister naoto kan has the lead over ichiro ozawa in the race for the democratic president of the party of japan. the winner will almost be confirmed by the diet as prime minister. in the election to take place on tuesday, votes will be tallied according to a point system with dpj diet members accounting for 822 points out of a total of 1,222. party members belonging to local government bodies have votes worth 100 points and rank and file party members are allocated 300 points. an nhk survey showed diet members are almost equally divided between kan and ozawa with each having about 180 lawmakers in his camp. the remaining lawmakers, about 50 in number, are undecided. more than half of the nearly 2,400 local government party members say they will support kan, while about 700 back ozawa. the remaining 500 are undecided. kan and ozawa will try to win over undecided lawmakers in a policy debate on friday and through other efforts in
us. >>> a chief prosecutor was arrested on tuesday on suspicion of data tampering during an investigation. sources close to the public prosecutor's office say that a colleague suspected the data tampering had occurred around february and argued with the chief prosecutor over the matter. the supreme prosecutor's office arrested tsunehiko maeda of the osaka district office on suspicion of tampering with data while investigating a ministry official suspected of fraud. the supreme prosecutor's office carried out a search of maeda's residence for more than two hours on tuesday evening. the sources say maeda's colleague pointed out that the data may have been intentionally falsified. the sources say the quarrel was reported to higher-ranking officials of the district prosecutor's office. the supreme prosecutor's office will question the officials and colleagues who worked with maeda at the osaka prosecutor's office at that time. it's also trying to find maeda's motive for tampering with the evidence. >>> more exchange events planned between japan and china have been suspended o
mediated by u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton. the major point of contention is the construction of jewish settlements in israeli occupied territories. israel says it will not extend a freeze on building settlements and will resume construction later this month. but the palestinian side insists that it will walk out of the talks if construction is resumed. after the talks u.s. special envoy george mitchell said the two leaders discussed the issue frankly but that no deal has yet been reached. last-minute negotiations will continue among high-ranking officials next week as israel's settlement activities are expected to resume late this month. >>> former pakistani president pervez musharraf says he will form a new party next month in preparation for the national elections scheduled for 2013. >> i am going to declare a party and give my vision for pakistan on the 1st of october. >> musharraf became pakistan's president after taking power in a 1999 coup. he cooperated in the u.s.-led fight against terrorism launched in the wake of the september 11th terrorist attacks. musharraf came
>>> hello there. welcome to this edition of "newsline." glad you could join us. it's tuesday, september 21st, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. >>> u.s. vice president joe biden said japan is central to u.s. efforts to improve relations with china. his comment came amid growing tension between china and japan amid the arrest of a chinese trawler captain. >> i would argue strongly there is an emerging relationship that has to be -- we have to get right between the united states and china. but quite frankly, i don't know how that relationship can be made right other than going through tokyo. >> biden also said japanese cooperation was vital in dealing with north korea. >> there is no possibility of us getting a policy correct and being successful in the korean peninsula without japan. >> the riff between china and japan is growing over the arrest of a chinese fishing captain we mentioned just now. for allegedly colliding with japan coast guard ships. the incident has caused a backlash against japan in china. >>> china postponed its invitation to a japanese youth delegation that was to start
>>> glad you could join us on this edition of "newsline." it's friday september 24th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> japanese prime minister naoto kan and u.s. president barack obama held talks in new york on thursday. this was their second meeting since kan assumed office in june and was aimed at deepening the japan-u.s. alliance. kan was expected to explain his plan to steadily move forward with the relocation of the u.s. futenma air station in okinawa based on the bilateral agreement reached in may. he is also likely to have asked obama to help reduce the burden on the people of okinawa. the two leaders are also expected to have agreed to advance bilateral cooperation in wide-ranging areas, including the economy, security and development assistance. this year marks the 50th anniversary of the revision of the japan-u.s. security treaty. the two leaders are also likely to have exchanged views on the global economic situation. kan is believed to have explained to obama about the recent intervention by the japanese government in foreign exchange markets to st
the latest at this hour. >>> the u.s. unemployment rate in august climbed 0.1% to 9.6. non-farm payroll employment was down for the third month in a row. the u.s. labor department released the figures on friday. 54,000 jobs were lost in august in the non-farm sector were sensitive to economic trends, >>> nine patients at a hospital in tokyo have died after exposure to a drug-resistant bacterium during treatment there. the university hospital announced that the patients died between october 2009 and august of this year after being infected with a bacteria. >> translator: i'm sorry, i should have consulted with a public agency earlier. >> the hospital told reporters on friday it detected the bacterium in 46 in-patients age 35 to 89 between august 2009 and last wednesday. 27 of the infected patients have died and nine of those deaths have been linked to the infection. the nine patients had weakened immune systems due to conditions include leukemia and kidney failure. it rarely infects healthy people but could be fatal to those with low immunity causing pneumonia and blood pois
>>> hello there. this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us. it's tuesday, september 7th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. >>> the international atomic energy agency said iran stepped up its uranium enrichment activities. on monday, the watchdog organization urged them to cooperate with inspections. the iae said iran enriched uranium by the end of august. the amount quadrupled from april, showing iran expanded it its enrichment program even after the u.n. imposed more sanctions in june. they expect iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. it's called on the country to allow inspectors to view all nuclear facilities and interview relevant officials. iran's nuclear program will be discussed at an iae board meeting september thenth. the latest revelation is expected to lead to increased pressure on iran to stop its uranium enrichment activities. >>> with the u.s. midterm elections less than two months away campaigns started in earnest on labor day, monday. president barack obama was in the midwestern state of wisconsin to rally support for democratic party candidates running in the no
whether he should face mandatory indictm t indictment. an issue involving the relocation of the u.s. marine corps futenma air station in okinawa also had a negative impact on the hatoyama government. the former prime minister vowed to transfer the american base outside okinawa during last year's election campaign. but last may he reversed his position. hatoyama had essentially sided with japan's biggest ally, the united states. the two countries agreed to relocate part of futenma to u.s. camp schwab, also in okinawa. the agreement prompted the social democrats to quit the democratic party's coalition government. by this time the approval rating for hatoyama's cabinet had fallen to 21%. some democratic party members became nervous because japan's upper house election was just around the corner. hatoyama stepped down together with ozawa to help the dpj regain the public's trust. with hatoyama gone, naoto kan took over, become's japan's fifth leader in just four years. but he's the first one that doesn't come from a political family. kan tried to distance himself from ozawa to show the
, catherine, hello. the u.s. economy is losing steam, according to the federal reserve. citing widespread signs of a slow-down. the central bank released its latest survey of business activity on wednesday. the so-called beige book says the overall economy grew at a modest pace. but five out of the 12 federal reserve districts showed mixed conditions, or slowing. among them are new york on the east coast, chicago in the midwest, and atlanta in the south. it also said housing and commercial real estate markets were sluggish and manufacturing grew at a slower pace. the latest survey is a downgrade from the previous report in july. that report also said the pace of economic activity had slowed in some districts. >>> barack obama has announced an additional $180 billion in economic stimulus measures, including massive tax breaks in corporate investment. the announcement comes ahead of u.s. congressional elections in november. >> the truth is, progress has been painfully slow. millions of americans remain unemployed. >> in a speech in ohio on wednesday, the u.s. president proposed a special on
>>> hello there. welcome to this edition of "newsline." glad you could join us. it's wednesday, september 15th. 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> the yen continues to rise. the japanese government has finally stepped in. we have the details. >> thanks, catherine. good morning. >>> on the new york foreign exchange the japanese currency soared to the 82 yen level against the u.s. dollar on tuesday, following prime minister kan's victory in the democratic party presidential race. earlier on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar hit the 82-yen level for the first time in about 15 years. the move follows japan prime minister kan's reelection as head of the dpj on tuesday. he defeated ichiro 0 za with a. sources say that investors are also selling the dollar against other currencies on speculation the u.s. may take other easing measures. currently the dollar is changing hands at 84.09-10. earlier on the tokyo foreign exchange, the dollar hit the 82-yen level for the first time about 15 years and we had this story earlier. as the dollar weakens, gold prices in new yor
surging in july, demand from the u.s. has plummeted a whopping 90%. the firm says it's now under pressure to cut prices. >> translator: some customers say they'll ask for price cuts until the dollar strengthens to a 100-yen level. some already cancelled orders. on average, they ask for a 20% to 25% discount, but the best we can offer is 5%. >> reporter: the company has slashed profit margins in order to offer cheaper products and offset the yen's strength. it has also started accepting more small orders to boost output. in some cases they've even taken orders for one or two pieces. towa's management is increasingly worried. >> translator: if the strong yen continues and affects manufacturers like us, even big competitors may start taking small domestic orders. i'm afraid we might all end up losing in a price war. >> reporter: the soaring yen isn't the only concern for these businesses. subsidies for fuel-efficient vehicles helped boost sales this month. but when they end in september, demand will likely drop. carmakers are already expecting to cut production by around 20% in october. also
>>> this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us on this edition. it's friday september 3rd, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine tokobayashi. we first go to ines matsuyama, who has the latest in business news. ines? >> thanks, catherine. hello. >>> in japan's manufacturing sector capital spending fell over 10% from april through june compared with a year ago. the finance ministry surveyed more than 23,000 firms with capital of at least $120,000. the survey shows that investment on plant and equipment cross all industries except for finance and insurance fell by 1.7%. looking in detail, the manufacturing sector plunged 10.5%, while non-manufacturers saw a rise of 3.4%. looking at earnings, the survey shows that sales and profit in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors rose. the drop in capital spending for makers stands as a cautious stance at business prospects. >>> tokyo stocks extended their gains friday morning following a rise in new york. the nikkei ended the morning session at 9,097 points, up 0.4%, or 35 ticks almost. investors took their cue from a slightly
>>> this is "newsline." welcome. glad you could join us. it is wednesday, september 8th, 11:00 a.m. in tokyo. the latest u.s. media poll shows that the public approval rate for u.s. president barack obama has fallen below 50% for the first time since he took office. in a joint poll by abc news and "the washington post" last week, obama's public approval rating stood at 46%. this is down more than 20 percentage points from february, 2009, shortly after obama became president. on the economy nearly 70% said he is making it worse or having no real effect. nearly 60% said they disapproved of his handling of the federal budget deficit. when asked about the mid term legislative elections in november, respondents gave republican candidates a more than ten-point lead over the democrats. >>> an alleged car bombing has left 16 people dead and more than 50 wounded in northwestern pakistan. the attack targeted police residences. the blast went off in the town of kohot tuesday night and destroyed more than ten buildings. officials say the victims include six police officers and their family m
officials acknowledged her involvement, but a number of them denied this. and joining us in the studio with some insight on this story is our reporter. so, the court sharply criticized the prosecutors for the way they did their investigations of this case. presumption of guilt, how did they proceed? >> actually it looked as if the prosecutor themselves were judging in court. here is the gist of the prosecutor's argument. a man who headed a fictitious organization wanted a welfare ministry certificate that woul identify it as a group that represented the disabled. the kind of certificate allowed such organization to send mail at discount rates. and the men asked a lawmaker to help him obtain the certificate. the lawmaker asked her at the time to issue it. the support year instructed muraki to issue the certificate. she made a subordinate produce it. the prosecutors based the case chiefly on the statement made during the course of the investigation. it's that muraki told him to issue a certificate because a lawmaker asked them to do it. but he went back on his statement in court. finally
using a metal that's not rare earth. japanese researchers have developed the new polishing technology and it's drawing a lot of attention at a time when china is restricting export of rare earth metals. a research group led by ritsumeikan university professor yasuhiro tani has discovered that a metal called zirconium can be used to polish precision glass products. these include televisions with liquid crystal displays and lenses. zirconium can be sourced more easily than cerium, which is the rare earth metal that's now being used for polishing. the researchers also found that the new technology with zirconium will make polishing more efficient rather than with cerium. this will cut metal usage by 40%. the research team plans to put the technology into practical use in about two years. >>> the u.s. is criticizing china and japan over their currency policies. treasury secretary timothy geithner said china is too slow in letting the yuan go higher while lawmakers oppose japan's currency intervention. the senate and the house of representatives invited geithner to the hearings on china's
's gains. ines matsuyama joins us with the details. >> that's right, catherine. good morning. wall street's rally spurred a rebound in tokyo stocks on thursday morning. investors helped push the nikkei average above the 9,000-yen level. the index ended the morning session at 9,035 points, up 1.2%, or 108 ticks from wednesday's close. sources say the stronger than expected data on u.s. manufacturers' business sentiment drove new york stocks up. that surge prompted investors in tokyo to go on a buying spree. >>> checking currencies, the dollar's hovering around a narrow range against the yen on thursday morning. it's currently at 84.33-35. while the euro's at 107.92-97. before the dollar started its slide, it gained against the yen, thanks to better than forecast u.s. manufacturing data. here's a look at the latest long-term interest rates. this is the yield on the benchmark ten-year japanese government bond. in other markets, hong kong's hang seng opened 1.2% higher. it's currently up 1.3%. the shanghai index for major blue chips is up 0.7%. and in shenzhen the sse composite is up 0.6%. >>
, thank you for joining us today. now in recent years, many governor in japan had been elected promising reform. what's the background to this? >> in the 1970s, many reform-minded local leaders, socialists or communist governizer mayors formed the conceptive councils. but the background of recent conflict is different. first, scarcity of resources. many local governments are suffering serious financial difficulties and scrapping or streamlining management is a pressing issue. the second, transparency. the use for taxes became more apparent. people began to pay closer attention to the privileges enjoyed by the local government staff or counselors and their relatively high pay. in places where reformist governors and mayors are trying to fight these invested interests, conflicted counselors will be more intense. >> so people becoming more aware of the problems their local governments are facing and they want their elected leaders to do something about them. but if you look at one case, the mayor seems to be in support of it. what do you make of this? >> i think his management style is extr
, he used the name pak un and it is said he identified himself as the son of the north korean ambassador to switzerland. one of his former classmates says he was polite and quick to learn the german language. kim jong-un apparently enjoyed playing basketball and dreamed of becoming a professional player. kim jong-un is said to have returned to pyongyang around 2000, and to have attended university in the north korean capital. no information has been available on his whereabouts since that time. there is speculation that kim jong-il has chosen jong-un to succeed him due to his son's leadership abilities and strong-mindedness. china's special envoy to the six-party talks, wu dawei heard that kim jong-un is tall like his grandfather, kim il-song, who established communist rule in north korea. >> the conference that begins on tuesday, the first of its kind in 44 years, is expected to elect the party's supreme leadership. more than half the members of the party's central committee are said to have died or been purged without being replaced and it is believed not to function well. t
ilinhe u.s., kan will attend a u.n. summit on the millennium development goals that aim to reduce poverty by lfn developing countries by 2015. on the subject of japan/u.s. relations, the prime minister said he hopes to discuss ideas with president obama on how to deepen the alliance. >>> china is stepping up its protests over japan's detention of a fishing boat captain earlier this month.neworon tues, the chinese premiere demanded the captain's immediate release criticizing japan for what he ca the fisherman was arreste after he rammed his trawler into ja vessels in the east china sea. it happened off the senkaku islands which are a part of okinawa an are claimed by china and taiwan. chinese premier wen jiabao renewed th t skipper's release when he met with chinese students studying in the united states.cha' state agency quoted him as saying they are his nation's territory. the arrest has anger cne . he vowed that china would take further action if japan does not comply with its demand. this is the first time that the chinesere h commented onhe incident. china has canceled top lev
that's growing ever stronger. >> joining us now, an nhk executive commentator. does japan's decision to release the chinese captain mean the problem's been resolved? >> well, china has only said it will suspend the high official exchange as a countermeasure but it may now redraft this. it seems certain that the bilateral relation won't strain any further. but unless japan exchange -- but unless japan changes its position that no territorial dispute existing in the east china sea, china will remain distrustful of japan. china may continue to take a hard line stance against japan. >> at least on the surface, the latest strain of bilateral relations is a result of the collision at sea. but how do you see the incident? >> well, the incident occurred amid the growing distrust between japan and china over security issues. japan is increasingly worried as the chinese navy has become more active, not only in the east china sea but also in the western pacific. china meanwhile is carefully watching japan's moves as japanese self-defense force takes steps to demoi additiploy additional troops a
of this story. >>> over to the world of business. ines joins us now. >> the yen's appreciation against the dollar continues on the tokyo foreign exchange. the yen dipped tuesday morning. the greenback is changing hands at 83.46-47, while the euro is at 107.40. the dollar yet 43 yen earlier. that came as momentum carried over from earlier markets. many staying on the sidelines as japan's ruling democratic lawmakers prepare to vote for a new party leader later in the day. the result of the vote may accelerate the yen's rise. tokyo stocks moved within a narrow range on tuesday morning as investors waited to see whether the yen strengthens any further. the nikkei end the session at 9,300 on the dot, down 21 ticks. the broader base closing down 21 ticks. investors are shying away from active trading as they wait for results from the democratic election. here's a look at the long-term interesthe ten-year japanese government bond. the hang seng is up 0.3%. the shanghai up 0.6%. and the sse composite up 0.4%. >>> the euro zone's economy is predicted to grow at a rate of 1.7% this year, revise
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